Promoting a National Vision for People with Disabilities: Successful policies and enduring barriers

Summary

This is a report prepared by Paul Saucier as the product of his Ian Axford (New Zealand) Fellowship in Public Policy. The report examines certain aspects of the New Zealand disability system in the light of the Government’s New Zealand Disability Strategy 2001 call for a fully inclusive society for people with disabilities. It concludes that substantial progress has been made over the past decade, but many challenges remain to be addressed before New Zealand can claim to be a fully inclusive society.

The Ministry of Health was Paul’s host organisation during the period of his Fellowship work in New Zealand. The report reflects the views of the author and is not an official Ministry of Health report. Paul is based at the Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine, USA.

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